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Centro Restaurant

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1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805 (10th Street)
+1 515-248-1780
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is my favorite. I can't say enough good about it, and I wish it wasn't two hours from me. My vodka martinis are always mixed perfectly, and the steak centro is always done to perfection. The service is superb, and the atmosphere is perfect. I can't wait until next time!

Thank dimillage
Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great downtown restaurant with tasty food. George Formaro (chef) has come a long way from baking and selling his bread in a small place in a city parking garage.

Thank PAT S
Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Atmosphere is good, food good, over priced. Parking is fair but on street. Area is ok, just be aware of your surroundings.

Thank kmart12016
Des Moines, Iowa
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun establishment downtown DesMoines. Enjoyed a family dinner before a show at the civic center. Food is always good, as well as the service. Have tried several entrees and all have been fantastic. Pizza is also wonderful!

Thank Tami W
Des Moines, Iowa
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Every time I've gone to Centro, the service and food have been excellent. I had the salmon on my last trip and it was delicious. The wait-people are efficient and courteous and it's just an enjoyable experience.

Thank joann_alumbaugh
Des Moines, IA
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had not been to Centro for a couple years. I won't wait that long again. The food, presentation, and service were all amazing as I had remembered.

Thank RoadtripDesMoines_IA
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spend an evening with family here. The service was outstanding. The bread to die for and the meal was delicious.

Thank mamagearing
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another great meal at Centro. The wait staff was courteous and knowledgeable about the food and which wine would be best. Quick service as well.

Thank Victoria M
Altoona, Iowa
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94 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Centro Restaurant is located on first floor of the old Masonic Lodge which got remodeled into the Temple of Performing Arts. It is near the very large outdoor Des Moines Sculpture Park. This is great place for an anniversary dinner or for an top notch dinner with a business client that you want to impress. It is a big restaurant... More 

Thank david_hance_iowa
Herford, Germany
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Italian food at its best. The chicken saltimboca is a dream but even the tomato soup as an appetizer is something special and tends you to order a second serving. Friendly personnel makes it an unforgettable evening at a top Italian restaurant in Des Moines.

Thank Juergen K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Italian, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
    (10th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-248-1780
Conveniently located in downtown Des Moines lives one of the city’s most popular restaurants, Centro. The urban eatery specializes in delicious Italian-inspired food featuring fresh ingredients and masterful preparation by Chef George Formaro. Whether you’re ordering a multi-course meal or grabbing a drink and pizza at the bar, Centro’s lively, casual yet upscale atmosphere makes it perfect for dining with friends, family, clients and business associates.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?